Bear alerts in North Boulder around 24th and Iris have been issued as residents and onlookers reported a heartwarming sight of a bear and her cubs playing in the area. The community was delighted to witness this rare event, with 9News capturing the heartwarming moment on video. It’s a reminder of the importance of coexisting with wildlife and respecting their habitats. Local authorities have advised residents to exercise caution, keeping a safe distance and securing their trash to ensure the bears’ safety and that of the community. Such moments serve as a beautiful reminder of the rich biodiversity that thrives in Boulder, highlighting the need for responsible wildlife management and preservation efforts.

Here are some safety tips when dealing with black bears:

  • Secure Your Garbage: Use bear-resistant trash cans or dumpsters, and avoid leaving garbage out overnight.
  • Remove Attractants: Store bird feeders, pet food, and compost in secure containers.
  • Keep a Safe Distance: If you encounter a bear, stay at least 100 yards away and avoid getting between a mother bear and her cubs.
  • Make Noise: Announce your presence by talking, clapping, or using bear bells while hiking to avoid surprising a bear.
  • Hiking and Camping: Keep a clean campsite, store food in bear-proof containers, and cook away from sleeping areas.
  • Car Safety: Bears might be drawn to the smell of food in your vehicle, so lock your car and don’t leave food inside.
  • Respect Their Space: Never feed bears or approach them for a closer look. Admire them from a safe distance.
  • Use Bear Spray: Carry bear spray in bear-prone areas and know how to use it effectively.
  • Travel in Groups: Hike or recreate with others, as bears are less likely to approach larger groups.
  • Educate Yourself: Learn about bear behavior and what to do in case of an encounter.


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These safety tips are essential for minimizing potential conflicts between humans and black bears while ensuring the well-being of both. Remember that respecting these magnificent animals and their natural habitats is vital for the safety of all involved.